Reality TV The Best Project Runway Designers Ever  

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List Rules Vote up the designers you liked the most. It's about personality and design skills, not whether or not they actually won!

Dig deep, deep down into your soul and think of your all-time favorite designers from "Project Runway." The ones who went on to win the competition and even the ones you think who were robbed. This list features all the fan favorites, including the designers we just love to hate. 

It's not about winning here, people – it's about who got you to say which catch phrase the most. It also has a little to do with whose designs you most loved, because that's only half the battle. The real winners are those that could make us laugh and love despite some of their ghastly designs.
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Christian Siriano is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
1985-11-18 - Oh Christian. Winner of the fourth season and founder of the famous catchphrase "fierce." The phrase was continuously used and abused until it became no longer relevant. Your designs, however, are timeless and still attract the likes of Taylor Swift and Kaley Cuoco.

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Mondo Guerra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Mondo Guerra 1978-06-06 - Oh Mondo, many thought you were robbed in season 8. It's a good thing he came back in 2012 for the "All Stars Edition" and won. Mondo famously revealed his HIV-positive status on the runway with one of his designs. 

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Dmitry Sholokhov is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
1979-01-01 - The mysterious Dmitry. He looks like a Disney villain, but he was season 10's champion, so it evens out. 

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Dom Streater is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Dom Streater Dom won season 12 with the biggest prize package of $500,000 in the show's history. Pretty incredible since she started out working two jobs to support herself in the beginning of her career. 

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Seth Aaron Henderson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Seth's philosophies on creating, "clothing with a conscience" got him the season 7 win. He still practices that in his newest work that featured sustainable fabrics from recycled plastic bottles.

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Uli Herzner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
1971-04-23 - Uli and Heidi share German heritage together, but surprisingly, she did not win because of that reason. Though she lost in season 3, her well executed and clean designs were a fan fave.

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Korto Momolu is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Korto Momolu Momolu will go down in the show's history as the almost winning multiple times. She was runner-up in season five and in two separate seasons of "Project Runway All-Stars."

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Anthony Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Anthony Williams Although losing in season 7, fans adored Anthony. Guest judge Jessica Alba did as well, considering she wore one of his designs on the red carpet.

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Amanda Valentine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Amy Boal added 1990-07-25 - Valentine was known for her gorgeous bohemian, chic designs.

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Austin Scarlett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
1983-01-01 - Scarlett was truly a character on the show with his porcelain baby doll looks. He lost in season 1 and in the "All Stars" edition, but his flowing, romantic designs serve him well as the creative director of bridal couture at Kenneth Pool.

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Anthony Ryan Auld is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Anthony Ryan Auld Winner of the second "All Stars" season, Anthony will create a custom-branded capsule collection for Nine West. He would go on to share his prize money with fellow competitor Joshua McKinley to invest in his designs.

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Leanne Marshall is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
1980-10-10 - Leanne became the winner of season 5 with her stunning prelude to her final collection that featured a show-stopping wedding dress. In fact, she's still designing wedding gowns, which were featured in last year's New York Fashion Week.

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Michael Knight is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Michael Knight Michael didn't win season 3, but many of his designs were on point during challenges. His Pam Grier hot pant inspiration and innovative coffee filter dress will be fondly remembered. 

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Rami Kashou is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Rami Kashou Rami had technical skill above all others in season 4, but sadly didn't take home the gold. His finale collection truly showcased his talents as a designer with clean but intricately detailed gowns.

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Chris March is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Chris March Appearing on season 4 and the "All Star Challenge," Chris went home empty-handed. If empty-handed means having Beyonce as your client.

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Justin LeBlanc is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
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Laura Bennett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
1963-08-02 - Laura was the designer who had six KIDS. Six! She was a finalist in season 3 but lost to Jeffrey Sebelia.

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Michelle Lesniak Franklin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
11th season winner and first-ever survivor of the "teams" edition, this Portland native took it all. Her plans after the win was, "To get an accountant to figure out how to do my taxes with all that money." Smart move.

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Jillian Lewis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Jillian Lewis Jillian was a season 4 runner-up that featured her collection of separates that were truly inspirational. She now makes private designs for clients and runs her own clothing line.

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Jay McCarroll is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
1974-10-11 - First ever winner of "Project Runway" for Season 1, Jay was suppose to be awarded  $100,000 and a mentorship from Banana Republic, but had to turn both down because of "contractual issues," whatever that means! 

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Daniel Vosovic is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
1981-03-25 - Season 2 runner-up was actually invited back by Bravo to blog for the 3rd season. His orchid outfit was stunning, though.

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Irina Shabayeva is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
1982-01-29 - This Georgian native went on to win season 6. After her successful win, she designed dresses for the likes of Selena Gomez and Carrie Underwood.

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Chloe Dao is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
1972-06-15 - Winner of season 2, Chloe beat out Daniel Vosovic and Santino Rice. She then acted as judge for season 1 of "Project Runway Vietnam." 

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Nick Verreos is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
1967-02-13 - In season 2, Verreos was most memorable for his take on the Barbie Doll challenge. He was, unfortunately, cast off by Heidi because of the makeover challenge for Daniel Vosovic.

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Kara Saun is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
1967-09-26 - Often striking controversy, Kara was the only female left on season 1. She kept insisting she would win off of her creativity and talent, yet called in a favor for free custom-designed shoes for her show.

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Anya Ayoung-Chee is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
1981-10-17 - The former Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe, Anya, won season 9, which will be added next to her pageant trophy. She's now a travel ambassador for Trinidad and Tobago.

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Santino Rice is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
1974-08-20 - So many things to say about Santino, so little time. You would think he was the winner of season 3 considering how much air time he's getting on "Ru Paul's Drag Race," but he wasn't.

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Jeffrey Sebelia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
1970-05-30 - Jeffrey had his own brand called Cosa Nostra even before winning the third season of "Project Runway." It was a favorite among Gwen Stefani, Elton John, Madonna, and Tommy Lee. Not too shabby, Jeff!

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Ari South is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Ari South Andy created resortwear in season 8 that was one for the books. She also transitioned when she returned for the "All Stars" season with her new name, Ari.

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Erin Roberson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
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Sweet P Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Sweet P Vaughn Season 4 runner-up, Sweet P's denim minidress for Levi's was a standout. She then competed in the "All Stars" challenge and came in 12th.

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Bert Keeter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
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Kit Pistol is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Kit Pistol Kit didn't win season 4 after she was partnered with Ricky Lizalde, designer and cry-baby. Her outfit for Tiki Barber will still remain a memorable fave, though.

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Rodney Epperson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Rodney Epperson Sweet Rodney, your dread locks and soft spoken phrases will be sorely missed. This season 6 contestant gave Western genre a whole new look with his daring black dress.

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Kara Janx is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
1976-06-15 - Kara didn't win season 2, but her garden party dress was unforgettable. She was famously partnered with Zulema, who at one point told her, “I don’t care if you cry and cut, but you need to cry and cut at the same rate.”

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Erin Roberson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
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Elisa Jimenez is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Elisa Jimenez Elisa was a contestant in the 4th season and would later go on to the "All Stars" edition but lost in the first episode. Still, her “disturbing, Gretel-like figure” and using her spit to mark her garments is the type of crazy that we'll always cherish.

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Vanessa Riley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Vanessa Riley Season 1 loser, Vanessa screwed herself over when she stuck her foot in her mouth and said she should be eliminated after a team challenge. She was an excellent designer and also great at drinking.

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Zulema Griffin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Zulema Griffin Zulema, you divine goddess. Author of the phrase, “I don’t care if you cry and cut, but you need to cry and cut at the same rate.” Not a winner in season 2, but we'll never forget the drama.

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Gretchen Jones is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Project Runway Designers Ever
Although this win was one of the most controversial the show has seen, Gretchen became winner of season 8, beating Mondo. Heidi and guest judge Jessica Simpson were in agreement that there could have been a different winner that night...